All modern smart phones have location tracking capabilities, and all of the platforms have apps that allow you to accurately locates the phones. To use a tracking app all you need to do is download the app from the app store, register it with your tracking provider and you are up and running.
Tracking apps sit in the background and send their locations back to the tracking platform at set intervals. The apps will let you check in, activate alerts, show you the location of the phone and configure app settings, but their main function is to provide location information without user interaction.
Historically tracking apps have caused a significant drain on your batteries. With improvements in operating systems, hardware and tracking applications this is less of an issue today. Even with these improvements smart phones still only last from 1 to 2 days, which is significantly less than the 7 to 10 days tracking devices will give you.
Your mobile phone is now an essential part of your daily life, and something you will carry with you and keep charged at all times. With a tracking app on your phone you no longer need to carry an additional tracking device.
When travelling abroad you may have to pay data roaming charges for using your phone. In certain countries these charges can be very steep, with a single megabyte of data costing several dollars. Enabling data roaming can therefore easily cost you hundreds of dollars within just a few days. As track apps rely on mobile data to communicate with the tracking service, the cost of using the tracking service can be substantial.
|Single device||There is no need to carry additional tracking devices|
|Accuracy||Tracking apps can use GPS, cell tower and wifi data to provide location information|
|User Interface||Users can use the app to determine where they are, with coordinates and maps.|
|Roaming Costs||Data roaming costs can be very high for certain countries|
|Battery||Phone batteries only last between 1 to 2 days|
|Privacy||Users may not want to have their phones tracked|